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Doctor insights on: Levulan Kerastick Photodynamic Therapy

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Is photodynamic therapy effective?

Is photodynamic therapy effective?

Photodynamic therapy: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) involves activation of a photosensitizer by visible light in the presence of oxygen to produce reactive oxygen radicals which selectively destroys the target tissue. It is an effective therapy to treat certain conditions. However it is not full proof. However practically no therapy is full proof . It's usefulness depends on what you want to use it for example ablation. ...Read more

Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
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Photodynamic Therapy (Definition)

Photodynamic therapy (pdt) uses a drug, called a photosensitizer, and a light to kill cancer cells. Depending on the type of cancer, the drug is applied to the surface of the skin or injected. It can be used for certain cancers of the skin, esophagus, and lung. Studies are being done looking at the use of pdt for cancers of the head and neck, ...Read more


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Is photodynamic therapy (pdt) for acne a cure?

Is photodynamic therapy (pdt) for acne a cure?

Cures for acne?: There is no cure for acne. Pdt helps some people some of the time, and may lead to long term suppression, but hasn't done it yet. Isotretinoin is the best long term treatment, but we can't call it a cure either. However, if you want what i consider the best treatment for acne, then Isotretinoin is it. ...Read more

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Does photodynamic laser help acne?

Does photodynamic laser help acne?

Maybe: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena, pangea organics or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read more

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Blue light therapy acne treatment appropriate?

Blue light therapy acne treatment appropriate?

Sometimes: This may help resolve some acne spots more quickly. But is expensive. Significant acne will still require skilled management with combinations of meds tailored to each specific person. ...Read more

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Is fraxel laser treatment also called "ablative laser resurfacing"?

Is fraxel laser treatment also called "ablative laser resurfacing"?

Non- ablative: Fraxel laser treatment delivers the potency of ablative treatments with the gentle safety of non-ablative lasers. So you get the best of both worlds: dramatic results and less downtime. ...Read more

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Does photodynamic therapy work?

Does photodynamic therapy work?

Yes: Pdt for actinic keratoses (skin) is a proven treatment and results in significant reduction of both clinically apparent and as yet undetected precancerous lesions. However, one treatment does not eliminate 100% of lesions. New lesions may also develop. Long-term surveillance and periodic re-treatment is advised. Pdt has great potential for the treatment of a variety of other malignancies as well. ...Read more

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What is photodynamic therapy for acne?

What is photodynamic therapy for acne?

PDT: Levulan is applied to skin and makes it photosensitive . It is activated by a specific light wave length. It is a form of acne treatment. ...Read more

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How effective is photodynamic therapy for acne treatment?

How effective is photodynamic therapy for acne treatment?

Can be quite effecti: Pdt can be quite effective in helping to manage acne. This usually requires a series of treatments. ...Read more

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Is laser therapy effective for deep hyperpigmentation and scarring?

Is laser therapy effective for deep hyperpigmentation and scarring?

Yes: Some lasers help with hyperpigmentation and scarring such as fractional co2, co2, erbium:yag, fraxel, ktp and nd:yag lasers. Ipl devices also help with hyperpigmentation. Thermage and other skin tightening procedures can help with scarring. ...Read more

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Photodynamic therapy for acne, does this work?

Photodynamic therapy for acne, does this work?

Adjunct: Don't neglect stuff that works. Topicals like benzoyl peroxide and or retinoids acid are your mainstay. Your physician can add stronger stuff as required. ...Read more

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Is fraxel laser treatment effective?

Is fraxel laser treatment effective?

Yes, very effective: The Fraxel Dual offers two lasers: one to target the surface for tone and texture and one to target deeper layers to treat fine lines and acne scarring. Results can be seen immediately but will improve for the following 3-6 months ...Read more

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Is face laser resurfacing effective?

Is face laser resurfacing effective?

Yes: Very effective for removing wrinkles and sun damage (sun spots), smoothing out irregular texture, and helping with scarring. Important to see a doctor very experienced with lasers who can properly educate you on all the various options, benefits, side-effects, and risks. ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy for acne really work?

Can photodynamic therapy for acne really work?

Yes: This is a pricey treatment for severe disease in people who cannot tolerate isotretinoin. Even its most favorable review in a peer-reviewed journal describes it as a therapy of last resort. I hope you are able to be successfully treated by this or some more familiar method. Best wishes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19894368. ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy really work?

Can photodynamic therapy really work?

Depends what for: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) uses a drug, called a photosensitizer, and a light to kill cancer cells. Depending on the type of cancer, the drug is applied to the surface of the skin or injected. It can be used for certain cancers of the skin, esophagus, and lung. Studies are being done looking at the use of pdt for cancers of the head and neck, brain, and gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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Is micro needling combined with sun exposure effective for treating hypopigmented scars?

Is micro needling combined with sun exposure effective for treating hypopigmented scars?

Micro needling: "is micro needling combined with sun exposure effective for treating hypopigmented scars?" micro needling is a new procedure that is supposed to stimulate collagen growth in treated areas and probably won't help for hypopigmented spots. Sun exposure has been a common treatment for that for years though and may help you. ...Read more

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What is photodynamic therapy?

What is  photodynamic therapy?

Typically component: This is used for treating skin conditions typified by actively growing cells. A form of chemotherapy is used. The agent called amino levulonic acid is topically applied and actively taken up by the multiplying cells. A light is then applied to the area and the cells which have ingested the ala are sensitized to e logs effects and generally are weakened and die. It is used for different skidiesease. ...Read more

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Can photodynamic therapy (pdt) reduce the looks of acne scars and pigmentation?

Can photodynamic therapy (pdt) reduce the looks of acne scars and pigmentation?

Under clinical trial: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) is currently under clinical trials for treatment of severe acne. While initial clinical trials indicate that it may well be an effective treatment for severe acne, the question remains as to whether or not it is actually better than current standard acne treatment regimens. Treatments can spur redness and burning. The concept of pdt altering pigmentation is ancient. ...Read more